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People Stories

Genealogical researchers - whether professionals or those who only practice at family gatherings - generally cherish the information they learn about their own heritage. Many incorporate what they find into scrapbooks, written family histories, memoirs, and stories to be shared and passed on. Others document their travels to their ancestral homeland. And some even create videos with historic and current photos, and interviews of past and present family members. There is no one way to convey information to other family members, current and future. Yet, too often people hesitate to share their gold with others simply because they don't know how to or how to do so creatively. This section of the JewishGen Bessarabia SIG website is meant to serve as a forum for those with ancestors from this area that have created various vehicles to share their family heritage. We hope it offers some ideas and help in your efforts with your own family history.

Geographic AreaTitleTypeAuthorView
Olishkany (Town)A Trip to Oliscani - memories and impressionsPeople StoriesCassio Tolpolar 
 Oliscani and the Tolpolars, Cassio Tolpolar, 2009. Presented with permission of the author, 2011. For more stories, memoirs from Olishkany, please see Olishkany Kehila Website.
GeneralElka Roizman's husband Olter RoizmanPeople StoriesElka Roizman 
 Towns in Bessarabia Roizmans lived: Brichany, Yedintsy, Kaushany. For many other stories of Survivors and photos from people lived in Bessarabia go to Presented with permission of, 2011.
Novyye Kaushany (Town)Families of Wise (Wasserman) and TobenPeople StoriesRonni Otaki 
 Family lived in Kaushany, Bendery uezd. Presented with the permission of the author, 2011.
Brichany (Town)Family Krupnick or CrupnicPeople StoriesGloria K Wolfson 
 A photo prior to 1921 and a short story about family Krupnick, living in town of Brichany, Bessarabia. Presented with the permission of the author, February, 2012.
Akkerman (Town)Family Vodovoz (Arbit) from Akkerman, BessarabiaPeople StoriesJeff Wexler 
 Jeff Wexler, Los Angeles, CA. Town in Bessarabia family lived: Akkerman, Grigoriopol (Transnistria). Presented with permission of the author, 2011.
Kishinev (Town)Finding Fera Citron, Part I, tracing the familyPeople Stories   
 Finding Fera Citron, Part I added Feb 2014. (Esther Aptekar from Ksihinev. Tracing the family.)
Kishinev (Town)Goldie Steinberg, the oldest JewPeople Stories   
GeneralHistory and life in lettersPeople StoriesHinka (Nina) Kogan (Spivak) 
 letters from Tzur-Shalom, Israel to Newton, MA, USA, 1994-2008 by Hinka Kogan and Yefim Kogan, Tsur Shalom, Israel, Newton, MA. Translated by David Kogan. Short stories written in letters for 15 years about a large family living in Bessarabia in following towns: Kaushany, Tarutino, Kishinev, Tiraspol, Zaim. Presented with the permission of the authors, 2011.
GeneralIda Weinhouse's fluden formsPeople StoriesHarvey Kabaker
 You enjoy a collection of hand-carved wooden blocks created for decorating fluden - pastries associated with Jewish holidays. Ida W. brought them from Yedinetz, Bessarabia to the United States. Presented with the permission of the author, Updated version, November, 2014.
Kagul (Town)Isaak Kronfeld - NKVD arrest, interrogation, conviction, killing, rehabilitation People StoriesDavid Rakover 
 File from NKVD - secret police in the Soviet Union. Includes information about arrest, interrogation, conviction, killing and rehabilitation of a resident of Kagul, Bessarabia.
Tuzora (Town)Jewish Life in Kalarash, 1892 to 1907People StoriesHelene Kenvin 
 Excerpts from an interview with Ida Waxman-Einbinder Wiesenthal (1977), Helene Kenvin, 2007. Presented with permission of Helene Kenvin, 2011. For more stories, memoirs from Kalarash, please see Kalarash Kehila Website.
Kishinev (Town)Kishinev CousinsPeople StoriesShmuel Fisher 
 An interesting story about a family research and findings
Kishinev (Town)Levitt family history reunion: Family heritage from Kishinev to Montreal to Los AngelesPeople StoriesAlan Levitt 
 Alan Levitt, 2009. Presented with permission of the author, 2011.
Kishinev (Town)Meites familyPeople StoriesYuliy Vaysman 
 Translated by Ella Romm and Viktoriya Titova. Life of Meites family in Kishinev and beyond under Russians, Romanians and Soviets. Presented with the permission of the author and translator, 2011.
Khotin (Town)My family from Khotin, BessarabiaPeople StoriesFran Schreiber 
GeneralOur Cherkes AncestorsPeople StoriesYale Wolf Richmond 
Kishinev (Town)Shaya, A Family TalePeople StoriesAlan Levitt
 Here are couple of episodes from my grandfather Shaya, who was born in Kishinev and worked for Russian army.  The story was published in quarterly publication of The Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington.
Soroki (Town)The Blecher Boys Of Bessarabia Become BarbersPeople StoriesMarla Raucher Osborn 
Kishinev (Town)The change of Government in BessarabiaPeople StoriesYuliy Vaysman 
 Translated by by Ella Romm and Michael Romm, 2012. A story of a family living in Kishinev in 1939-1941, witnessed Romanians and Soviets, repressions from NKVD (The People
Brichany (Town)The DrivenPeople StoriesEdward Robbins 
 About a life of Edward Robbins as a child - Imic Raboi in the 30s and 40s in Briceni, Bessarabia and the family
Kishinev (Town)The early years of Joseph MeitesPeople StoriesMable E. Meites 
 An incredible story about family from Kishinev, Kishinev pogroms. Presented with the permission of the author, 2011.
GeneralThe History of a Mystery and How it Was Solved (mostly)People StoriesMichael Burke 
 A movie created and narrated by Michael Burke. A great story how Michael found his father
Kishinev (Town)Think Of The Grey: A Wheatman Family HistoryPeople StoriesVictor S. Wheatman 
 by Victor S. Wheatman, United States. A story of a family with roots in Kishinev, Bessarabia.  I recommend to read this family history.  It is filled with terrific photos, and great research of the author.

Presented with the permission of the author, June, 2018.
Tiraspol (Town)Tulchinsky's FamilyPeople StoriesBeth Gamulka 
 A great story of a family from Tiraspol and who escaped from Nazi Romania in 1942. Presented with the permission of the author, 2011.
Kamenka (Town)Two Postcards from KamenkaPeople StoriesRonald Killian 
 (Podolia Gubernia until 1917, now in Republic of Moldova)- added May 2014
Kishinev (Town)Vaysman family from KishinevPeople StoriesYuliy Vaysman 
 Translated by Ella Romm and Viktoriya Titova. Story of a family living in Kishinev, and in close by townlet of Bulboki. Presented with the permission of the author and translator, 2012.
GeneralZakhar Benderskiy, resident of Chernovtsy, family from KishinevPeople Stories   
 October 2013. See more stories at

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Please share your stories, memoirs with our Bessarabia Group. Send them to coordinator - Yefim Kogan at